The Wood Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Choppy coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The growing-up stuff is kind of wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Artificial, tension-free.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Famuyiwa has kicked up fertile new storytelling territory for black filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Wood is a solid debut for director Famuyiwa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Inane coming-of-age comedy.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A fair and admirable comedy we haven't quite seen before.
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Barbara Shulgasser
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Awkward performances, unsure directing flaw The Wood.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
The Wood paints a fair picture of growing up black, bright and, of all things, without sullen malice or uncorrectable misogyny.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Quaint and refreshing!
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Even the charismatic Epps can't bail out a script that lacks tension, too often substitutes high-fives for dialogue or action and calls for farce scenes that used to get 'em rolling in the stone aisles of ancient Greece.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Since positive images of middle-class black friendships and romance remain rare while gangster tales, drugs and gang gunfire dominate the screen, The Wood gets bonus points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A savvy, good-natured comedy!
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Wood spends too much time wallowing in arrested adolescence to make you feel you've traveled anywhere.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
When will Epps, who was in The Mod Squad, get a picture worthy of his obvious talent?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rashod D. Ollison
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
It's about time someone made a movie with black male characters who are believable and funny without being buffoonish.